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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Five Resources for Fun Spelling Games

Educational games that can hold a student's attention can be valuable supplements to a teacher's or a parent's instruction. Here are five sources for games that will help students learn to spell.

1. Kids Spell provides eight free games that help students learn to spell more than 6,000 words. Kids Spell is a part of the Kids Know It Network. The Kids Know It Network provides educational games for all content areas taught in grades K-6.

2. Spin and Spell has been featured on a number of blogs over the last year. Spin and Spell asks students to select a picture and then spell the name of the item. Alternatively, students can have word select for them and then identify the correct corresponding image.

3. GamesGames.com offers sixteen free spelling games. Most of the games seem to be designed with grades 3, 4, and 5 in mind.

4. Spelling City is a resource that Jim Moulton shared in his Best of Web 2008 presentation at the ACTEM conference in October. Spelling City not only offers games, it also offers the capability for students to type a word and hear it pronounced.

5. Catch the Spelling offers more than two dozen categories of spelling games. Each game has the same format; as words fall from the top of the screen, players have to "catch" the appropriate letters in the correct sequence to spell the word displayed at the top of the game. Players "catch" letters by moving a cursor at the bottom of the page. In some ways it reminded me of a cross between Tetris and Frogger.

Useful How-To Tutorial Websites

This morning when I logged into my Twitter account, as I do every morning, I saw this link from Cool Cat Teacher to a list of fifteen tutorial websites. The list links to some video tutorial websites as well as wikis that explain how to do a wide variety of things. The suggested tutorials websites cover topics ranging from how to prepare a science fair project to building a photo website using PHP.

Applications for Education
The list of fifteen tutorial websites from Dumb Little Man has something for everyone. If you're looking for classroom projects for your students, How Stuff Works and Instructables have numerous suggestions and explanations of arts, crafts, and science fair projects. If you teach computer science, you may want to check out W3Schools or NETTUTS.

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